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Run: A Thriller | [Blake Crouch]

Run: A Thriller

Five days ago a rash of bizarre murders swept the country. Senseless. Brutal. Seemingly unconnected. A cop walked into a nursing home and unloaded his weapons on elderly and staff alike. A mass of school shootings. Prison riots of unprecedented brutality. Mind-boggling acts of violence in every state. Four Days Ago the murders increased ten-fold. Three days ago the President addressed the nation and begged for calm and peace. Two days ago the killers began to mobilize. Yesterday all the power went out. Tonight....
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Publisher's Summary

Five days ago a rash of bizarre murders swept the country. Senseless. Brutal. Seemingly unconnected....

A cop walked into a nursing home and unloaded his weapons on elderly and staff alike. A mass of school shootings. Prison riots of unprecedented brutality. Mind-boggling acts of violence in every state.

Four Days Ago the murders increased ten-fold....

Three days ago the President addressed the nation and begged for calm and peace....

Two days ago the killers began to mobilize....

Yesterday all the power went out....

Tonight they’re reading the names of those to be killed on the Emergency Broadcast System. You are listening over the battery-powered radio on your kitchen table, and they’ve just read yours. Your name is Jack Colclough. You have a wife, a daughter, and a young son. You live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. People are coming to your house to kill you and your family. You don’t know why, but you don’t have time to think about that any more. You only have time to run!

©2011 Blake Crouch (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Steven T. O'Neill CAMBRIA, CA, US 08-14-14
    Steven T. O'Neill CAMBRIA, CA, US 08-14-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Don't waste your time"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It's not often that I finish a book and exclaim, "There's Eight hours of my life that I'll never get back." But this book caused just such an outburst. It's a failed storyline with little logic. The author tried to salvage the thin story-line by keeping the stress level of the 'victims' at a heightened level for eight hours. I hung-in to the end, hoping for some salvation of the story near the end. None came. Complete waste of time - Don't.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Blake Crouch again?

    Probably not -


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator did a fine job.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Greg North Alabama 07-18-14
    Greg North Alabama 07-18-14 Member Since 2014

    Greg

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    "Escapist fare"
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    This was 8.5 hours of decent, worthy story, but not the kind that I will long remember and tell others about. It's for those times when you are between great books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Pennsylvania 06-18-14
    Amazon Customer Pennsylvania 06-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Heart Pounder"
    What did you love best about Run?

    The mystery of why so many people had suddenly turned bad was fascinating.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Run?

    The most memorable moment for me was when their little boy told them he "knows" who they are and why it's all happening.


    Have you listened to any of Phil Gigante’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have never heard the narrator that I'm aware.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    In the square near the end when all seems hopeless and husband and wife are reunited.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Mills Los Angeles 05-30-14
    Jonathan Mills Los Angeles 05-30-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Meh..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who don't want complicated literature. This book is just like the title. A run. A sprint into madness and violence but the story's lack of expansion + brutality + characters with simplistic motivations...I just felt it wasn't that great, and was super violent.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Blake Crouch again?

    Probably not. It's a big world with a lot of books.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I'm not a fan of performers who offer female voices when their own voice is deep. This was a terrible performance IMHO


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Run?

    I would not cut.


    Any additional comments?

    Someone needs to explain that changing to male and female dialogue doesn't work for every performer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tulsi17 02-23-14
    Tulsi17 02-23-14
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    "Good deal"
    If you could sum up Run in three words, what would they be?

    Good beach book!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I had no favorite characters - maybe the older man who gave them candy bars and water. The female characters AND the boy were pretty whiney. I might have been moved to leave them behind (just kidding). The narration might have exacerbated that quality, but I found them annoying.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Similar to a scene in Cormac McCarthy's The Road, I enjoyed the respite from despair found in a temporary oasis. In The Road, it was finding the cache in the underground shelter. In Run, it was the family time spent in the vacation home not yet discovered by the family's pursuers.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but it might be considered a spoiler.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not an original story premise, but the storytelling did keep my desire alive enough to finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Overland Park, KS, United States 02-17-14
    Jon Overland Park, KS, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not worth my monthly credit"
    Would you try another book from Blake Crouch and/or Phil Gigante?

    I doubt it.


    What was most disappointing about Blake Crouch’s story?

    Unless I slept through it, which is entirely possible, there was no story. It starts with people getting killed for no apparent reason, so a family runs. Their trip is painfully long and I learned the Northern Lights don't show in Canada, since that was unaffected.


    Have you listened to any of Phil Gigante’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    What character would you cut from Run?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    There was a point in the first couple hours that I wanted to kill the good guys because of the constant complaining. Sorry, but this one was painful to get through but my rule is if I buy it, I listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Hutch Texas 01-18-14
    Lee Hutch Texas 01-18-14 Member Since 2013

    I teach history at a community college and thus enjoy historical non-fiction. I also enjoy a good mystery novel from time to time.

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    "An Edge of Your Seat Listen!"
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    I thought this was a very good listen. Though the plot was a little bit predictable, the author did an excellent job with this book. The pacing was very fast. Listening to it sucks you in and you almost feel exhausted by the end of the book....but not in a bad way. This genre is outside of what I normally listen to and I did so with trepidation. My fears proved to be unfounded. This was a very good listening experience. I'd have no problem suggesting it to others.

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    joe Merredin, Australia 12-16-13
    joe Merredin, Australia 12-16-13
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    Where does Run rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Never lets up the pace


    What does Phil Gigante bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emotion.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the Mother gave up her life to save her family


    Any additional comments?

    This book is as the Title suggests. I was exhausted just reading it. It doesnt let up the pace for one second. Dont stop and catch your breath, Just RUN.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SUNEET Malaysia 10-04-13
    SUNEET Malaysia 10-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Bizarre!"

    I've read both Run and Pines. I didn't really like either, but since a sort of promotion was running when I bought the audiobooks, I guess I've not lost too much money.
    There's nothing inherently wrong with the books. They are as brainless as any of the other thrillers I enjoy very much. The pace is rapid enough. The characters are fairly convincing. The author writes well. The problem is that I didn't know when I bought them that these books were Sci-Fi. I am not a fan. The setting in both books was so bizarre that I found myself wishing for the books to be over as quickly as possible. I actually bought the Kindle version for both books so that I could jump pages, something one cannot do with an audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Bowles United States 09-14-13
    M. Bowles United States 09-14-13 Member Since 2014

    I don't have a hole in the ground and I would starve in 2 1/2 days, but I like to listen to people who do and wouldn't.

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    "Simply outstanding, one of the best!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES!!!! This story will have you driving the speed limit and past your house two or three times before you hit the button on your garage door opener.


    What other book might you compare Run to and why?

    The grip this story had on me was stronger than Day by Day Armageddon which involved no sleep and an earphone in one ear as I acted like I listened to every word my wife said, but I only had that masterpiece on 1.25 speed. Run, my fellow zombie - apacolyptic - end of times story seekers, took me on a vividly written and narrated journey that really did have me leaving work early and driving the long way home at speeds well below the limit as I listened at 2.0 speed in order to get as much in as possible before went into earphone mode (Mr. narrator Sir, you were still OUTSTANDING at 2.0).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene that started when I hit the play button and ended when the nice man from Audible thank me for my purchase.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I'm way too tough to cry.... wait... did my wife send pictures?


    Any additional comments?

    For those who enjoy a vivid apocalyptic, zombie SURVIVAL (you know what I am talking about), armageddon based journey you will not be disappointed. In fact I offer a money back guaratee you will soon re-prioritize your "That was a fricken great book" list as soon as you realize this bit of pure listening enjoyment is over. To the person who masterfully selected and organized the sequence of human language used to constantly describe ever evolving happiness, sadness, hopefulness, disparity, anger, and compassion in this gift of entertainment, thank you and very nicely done! Finally, this story wraps up in a way that concludes this families ordeal and was not designed to answer questions in a sequal; thank you again master word putter together-er!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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